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Dairy and poultry farm groups discuss USMCA compensation

It could take more than money to settle the ruffled feathers of supply management groups, who say they were pawns in the negotiations

Within hours of announcing a new free trade deal with the United States and Mexico, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland were promising compensation for dairy and poultry farmers. While Trudeau and Freeland talked as if the compensation discussions had already started, Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has just begun to arrange […] Read more


Success starts at home

Don’t forget the domestic market in building Canadian agri-food sales

A key ingredient in the recipe for success for the Canadian agri-food sector is going to be growing the domestic market. According to a report from the Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table (AFEST), it would be a mistake ignoring this close-to-home opportunity and pursuing only growing overseas demand. AFEST was set up by the federal government […] Read more



Veterinarians tout vaccine importance

Canada’s veterinarians say vaccines are key to healthy animals and safe foods

Canada’s veterinarians are using Animal Health Week in early October to remind everyone that vaccines are as important to the health of pets and livestock as they are to humans. The spread of communicable disease has not only become an increasing concern for humans but among animals as well, says the Canadian Veterinary Medicine Association […] Read more


Dairy producers ‘deeply disappointed’

Canadian dairy farmers say Canada’s trade deals are progressively placing more pressures on their industry

Canadian dairy producers say they’ve been thrown under the bus in order for Canada to be part of the new United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement (USMCA) on trade. Piere Lampron, president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, says it’s an especially bitter pill to swallow considering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had repeatedly assured the […] Read more



Vets call for better management of dairy culls

The sector agrees better guidelines and improved transport conditions are worthy goals

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) wants to see a better way of handling compromised cull dairy cows. It’s calling for greater co-operation amongst producers, their vets, as well as transporters, processors and cattle marketers. In a resolution adopted at its annual summer meeting, the CVMA says cull dairy cows “have an increased likelihood of […] Read more


Agri-food sector gearing up for neonic consultations

Government says it will listen to concerns about lack of useful alternatives to neonics

Farm groups are readying for battle over the federal government’s proposal to phase out more neonicotinoid pesticides. They’ve signalled their intention to grill Health Canada and the Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) over their plans to eliminate the use of clothianidin and thiamethoxam over the next three to five years because they pose a threat […] Read more



Overregulation a crushing burden for agri-food sector

A new report says the sector is particularly burdened by red tape

A new report on the cost of overregulation has singled out the agri-food sector for special attention. The report by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, titled Death by 130,000 cuts in reference to the number of federal regulations alone, said too much red tape is weakening Canada’s international competitiveness and dampening foreign investment. There are […] Read more


Canada to host WTO reform meeting in October

Canada will host a meeting in October of trade ministers from countries supporting reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its rules for ensuring fair international trade. Jim Carr, minister of international trade diversification, has invited ministers from around the world who are committed to the multilateral trading system, said Allison Lewis, a spokeswoman […] Read more



Made-in-Canada sustainability approach gains support

The ALL initiative is endorsed at the G20 ag ministers' meeting for putting research into fields

The world needs more Canada — at least when it comes to a sustainable agriculture initiative that’s garnered global attention. The Canadian-led initiative called Agroecosystems Living Labs (ALL) shows how to raise food sustainably in the face of climate change. It has been endorsed at the annual meeting of G20 agriculture ministers. ALL brings scientists, […] Read more


Health Canada plan could harm veterinary drug market, CAHI warns

The organization says the department needs to get in step with other countries

A Health Canada plan to impose service fees on human and veterinary medicines will keep many treatments for farm and companion animals out of the country, says Jean Szkotnicki, president of the Canadian Animal Health Institute. The Canadian animal health market is 2.5 per cent of the global market and shouldn’t be treated like the […] Read more